The tale of two lists
2016 started on a high note. I am certainly enjoying the audiobooks. Having set up a few categories to read from this year, I am more determined than last year to cover a broader set of topics.
I highly recommend setting up two important lists: The read list and the hack list. If you are a new reader, just get reading. 1 book in a year is immensely better than 0 but once you are reading 4-5 books in a year, you will start to love it. By the time you can do 20 or more books, you will need to prioritize what you read. Similarly, the hack list helps you prioritize your personal projects. If you have not deliberately undertaken and completed a small personal project, I would suggest just commit to one and do it. Once you realize your potential (and everyone has boatload of it), you will want to do more. Once you are able to do more predictably, you will have to plan where those precious hours go.
Here is my read list 2016 (here is read list 2015). Here is my hack list 2016 (without any method to madness). I’ve started the hack-list this year so it is not very well structured and I have yet to see how it pans out at the end of the year. An experiment I am excited about.
The tale of two advantages
I have realized two advantages: The commuter advantage and the weekend advantage.
I think having a commute is a double edged sword. It is an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. The commute (2 hours every weekday) is not terribly tiring if I get enough rest while at home. It does give an advantage of 2 hours to myself, undisturbed (mostly, not counting the screeching of the trains). This allows me to pursue personal projects and learning but it is also taking away 2 hours that I could otherwise spend with family or at work (both of which have an appetite for more). I guess I have to spend more time in coming days in time-budgeting. My health initiative suffer greatly because of this.
Similarly, the weekend advantage is a self realized one. You could spend it binge watching netflix, traveling around, lazing around or just sleeping. Or, if you are like me, you can spend it with family in the daytime and coding/learning in the night time.
Science & Space Travel
- Astronaut’s guide to life on earth ★★★★★
- Starman (In progress)
- The future of mind ★★★★★
- Hooked ★★★
- The last question ★★★★★
- Girl on the train (In progress) ★★★★
- The confidence Gap ★★★
- Way of the seal (abandoned) ★
- Creativity Inc (In progress)
- Happiest toddler on the block (abandoned) ★★★
Statistics and Data science
- Signal vs Noise ★★★
- Python data-science essentials (continued) ★★★★
- First course in design and analysis of experiments (continued) ★★★★
- Completed “personal and family financial planning“
- Started “Interaction design” specialization
- Patio herb garden (not started) – sigh
- Let’s Hack Book (shelved – will come back to it later)
- Grocery planner app (to be started)
- From the hack list, lots of smaller projects.